Laboratory Animal Science

Major: Laboratory Animal Science
Degree Awarded: Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 49.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 01.8102
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies offers the Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) degree. The MLAS program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in animal science or a related field and who are seeking advanced career positions in laboratory animal science and laboratory animal facility management. Alternatively, the MLAS degree is also a powerful means to enhance students' credentials for admission to veterinary medical school.

The MLAS program is a full-time, two-year program that begins in August of each year. The first two years of the program consists primarily of classroom instruction, while the last semester is reserved for experiential learning. The program is flexible for traditional and non-traditional students alike due to the availability of evening courses.

Available Online

For individuals who are currently working in the laboratory animal science field, the MLAS program is available 100% online. Students can work full-time while completing the program part-time (6 semesters). The majority of courses are completely asynchronous, thus allowing maximum flexibility for the working professional. Please review our website for specific details about the online program. 


The MLAS curriculum consists of basic science courses, laboratory animal science courses, and a practicum. The basic science courses were designed to build a solid foundation required for a successful career in laboratory animal science. The laboratory animal science courses focus on all aspects of laboratory animal science, including facility management. The practicum provides the student with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned to the field of Laboratory Animal Science. The outcome is a highly trained laboratory animal science professional with a solid foundation in the sciences.

Pre-Veterinary Graduate Minor

Students desiring to attend veterinary medical school have the option to elect to complete a pre-vet minor within the Master of Laboratory Animal Science (MLAS) program. The addition of these courses to the MLAS program will help to further enhance the student's application to veterinary medical school by providing additional rigorous and relevant graduate level coursework.


MLAS faculty and administration assist the students in identifying and securing practicum sites at universities, biotechnology organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. Practicum sites are available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas. The list expands every year. In many instances, the practicum sites have offered our students a permanent position within their organization upon completion of the MLAS degree.

Career Opportunities

MLAS graduates hold positions in laboratory animal facilities of universities, biotechnology companies, government agencies, and pharmaceutical companies. There they serve as veterinarians, supervisors, managers, IACUC administrators, trainers, educators, consultants, and sales representatives.

Veterinary Medical School

Successful completion of the MLAS program can also significantly improve a student’s academic credentials for application to veterinary medical school. Please review our website for a comprehensive list of veterinary medical schools that have been attended by MLAS alumni.

Additional Information

Erin Vogelsong
Program Director, MLAS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
College of Medicine
Drexel University
245 N. 15th St., Room 15305
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel. 215.762.7968 | Fax: 215-762-7961 |

Admission Requirements

Students will be selected on the basis of adequate educational background and veterinary/ research/ animal care experience. 

Prerequisite coursework includes chemistry, biology, organic chemistry, and physics.

Candidates for admission must provide the following credentials:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • General Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores at or above the 50th percentile in all areas obtained within the last 5 years
  • Official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • Three letters of reference, two must be from science professors
  • Personal statement stating the applicant's academic and professional goals

The deadline for submission of applications is the second Friday in July of the year the student seeks admission.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Erin Vogelsong
Program Director, MLAS
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies
College of Medicine
Drexel University
245 N. 15th St., Room 15305
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Tel. 215.762.7968 | Fax: 215-762-7961 |

Degree Requirements

The MLAS degree can be completed full-time in two years and one summer practicum, or part-time in three or less years. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 49.0 credit hours for graduation. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation as well as grades of "C" or better.

Required Courses
MLAS 501SLaboratory Animal Seminar2.0
MLAS 503SThe Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee’s (IACUC) Role in Animal Research3.0
MLAS 504SPublic Outreach for Animal Research3.0
MLAS 510SClinical Orientation In Laboratory Animal Facilities1.0
MLAS 520SFinancial Mgmt In Lab Anim Sci3.0
MLAS 521SArch Eng & Plan For Anim Fac4.0
MLAS 523SOrganizational Management3.0
MLAS 525SAnimal Anatomy2.0
MLAS 535SBiology & Care Of Lab Animals4.0
MLAS 536SAnimal Models for Biomedical Research1.0
MLAS 606SClinical Laboratory Techniques and Concepts1.0
MLAS 610SDiseases of Laboratory Animals3.0
MLAS 801SLaboratory Animal Practicum12.0
Students must select a minimum of 6.0 credits from the following:6.0
Animal Nutrition
Occupational Safety and Health in Laboratory Animal Care and Use Programs
Biochemical Basis of Disease (Upenn)
Hematopoiesis (Upenn)
Molecular Genetics
Molecular Biology & Biochemistry of the Cell
Medical Terminology
Medical Microbiology I
Biostats In Vet Science
Fundamentals of Histology
Concepts in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Graduate Physiology
Graduate Pharmacology
Total Credits48.0

Sample Plan of Study

 Online MLAS Plan of Study

First Year (Part-Time)
MLAS 510S1.0MLAS 520S3.0
MLAS 801S*12.0MLAS 523S3.0
MLAS Elective3.0-4.0 
 16-17 6
Second Year (Part-Time)
MLAS 525S2.0MLAS 535S4.0
MLAS 503S3.0MLAS 504S3.0
 5 7
Third Year (Part-Time)
MLAS 606S1.0MLAS 501S2.0
MLAS 610S3.0MLAS 521S4.0
MLAS Elective3.0MLAS 536S1.0
 7 7
Total Credits 48-49

Students will be able to satisfy this requirement with relevant laboratory animal science experience.

On Campus (Face-to-Face) MLAS Plan of Study

First Year
MLAS 510S1.0MLAS 520S3.0
MLAS 523S3.0MLAS 535S4.0
MLAS 536S1.0MLAS 504S3.0
MSPA 580S4.0 
 9 10
Second Year
MLAS 525S2.0MLAS 501S2.0
MLAS 606S1.0MLAS 521S4.0
MLAS 610S3.0MLAS 503S3.0
MLAS Elective3.0MLAS 801S**12.0
 9 21
Total Credits 49

Students will begin their practicum in the spring, but it may continue into the summer depending on their location.

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